The Minnesota Daily

All content by John Thomas

Fraud a part of our political recipe

August 29, 2016

Take a breath: We’ve finally completed both major political parties’ conventions for this election cycle. With Hillary Clinton, we have our first woman presidential nominee, and with Donald Trump —...

Graduates, it’s time to fulfill your civic duty

July 20, 2016

I cannot recall a bloodier, more unforgiving year than 2016. The problems highlighted by catastrophes this year — police brutality, racism, homophobia, socioeconomic injustice — are not new,...

You owe them your attention

July 6, 2016

Late last June, security at Memphis International airport threw a disabled woman to the ground and arrested her. Her mother pleaded with agents, attempting to convince them that her daughter was resisting...

God loves, man vapes

June 22, 2016

I used to smoke a pack a day, or, more accurately, as many cigarettes as I could get my hands on.  That’s right — I was cool. Nowadays, I’ve all but quit, averaging one every week...

The Unstoppable Lianne La Havas

October 7, 2015

Many performance artists interact with their audience, but rarely does that ever register as authentic.   Whenever a musician tells the crowd he is so happy to be performing in this beautiful city,...

U research increasingly supported by private money

May 26, 2015

By Youssef Rddad   Corrections (5/27/2015):  This blog originally stated that sponsored reaserch awards had increased by $741 million from 2013 to 2014.  That was the total amount of funds...

The U.S. Supreme Court rules against traffic stops extended to find drugs

April 22, 2015

The Supreme Court ruled that it is illegal for police officers to extend a traffic stop to wait for drug-detecting dogs on Tuesday, according to the New York Times.      In the case in question,...

David Carr, prolific journalist, University alumnus, dead at 58

February 13, 2015

One of the nation’s most prolific journalists, University of Minnesota alumnus David Carr , died Thursday night. He was 58. Carr was best known in Minnesota media as the editor of the Twin...

University representative seeks Metropolitan Council chairmanship

December 10, 2014

One of the Metropolitan Council members who represents the University of Minnesota seeks to become the council’s next chair amid new initiatives and structural changes for the governing body. District...

Efforts to boost midterm voter turnout ineffective

December 4, 2014

Minnesota had the lowest voter turnout in 30 years during last month’s election, officials announced last week. While voters historically turn out in lower numbers for non-presidential elections,...

St. Paul to better communicate parking bans

November 25, 2014

St. Paul residents should expect clearer communication about winter parking restrictions this season. The St. Paul City Council is slated to adopt two ordinances next week that would cut down on the bureaucracy...

Larry Jacob, left, moderates a discussion with Joel Ario, Julie Brunner, Scott Lentz and Chris Snowbeck on the triumphs and failures of the first year of MNsure and any necessary changes on Friday afternoon at the Humphrey School of Business.

MNsure asking for another try

November 17, 2014

After a tumultuous first year, Minnesota’s state-run health care exchange opened for its second enrollment period on Saturday. At a Friday event at the University of Minnesota, officials and...

Grad students Cassie Drozynski, left, and Teresa Logemann shovel and remove snow from the stands and onto the field at TCF Bank Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Want $10 an hour? Grab a shovel at TCF

November 13, 2014

Officials say they need help removing snow from TCF Bank Stadium before the University of Minnesota’s Saturday football game — and they’re willing to pay anyone who pitches in. The University...

Roey Gilad, Israel's Consul General to the Midwest, speaks to Univeristy students about current affairs in the Middle East in Coffman Union Tuesday afternoon.

Eventful week brings campus discussion of Israel and Palestine into focus

November 12, 2014

Events this week across the University of Minnesota’s campus have highlighted the conflict and connection between Israel and Palestine. University groups Students Supporting Israel and Students for...

The crowd cheers as Sen. Al Franken speaks on stage with supporters on Tuesday evening at the DFL election night party at the Hilton in downtown Minneapolis.

Franken tops challenger to stay in Senate

November 5, 2014

Democratic incumbent Sen. Al Franken surpassed Republican challenger Mike McFadden Tuesday, after a campaign that tested the incumbent’s White House policies and, at times, scrutinized his first...

Coffman hosts last DFL push

November 4, 2014

The University of Minnesota’s College Democrats helped organize a stop at Coffman Union on Monday for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s  statewide bus tour. The get-out-the-vote event...

Heyer eyes Hausman’s District 66A seat

October 14, 2014

State Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, has represented the House district that includes much of the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus for 25 years. Now, Republican challenger Jon Heyer hopes...

Independence Party adds another political option

October 13, 2014

Minnesota’s Independence Party candidates are working collectively this election season to win votes while trying to make a third side of the aisle for nonconforming voters. The Independence Party...

Gay marriage expands

October 7, 2014

Same-sex marriage is legal for the majority of country as of Monday. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from five states that sought to keep same-sex marriage prohibited, surprising most observers....

Social media’s role in flux this election

October 2, 2014

As the 2014 election season nears its final stretch, some campaigns boast tens of thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook. One incumbent up for re-election, Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., has more than...

Budget plan draws critique

September 24, 2014

In response to consistent funding shortfalls, the University of Minnesota is adjusting its strategy for requesting building maintenance dollars from the state Legislature, and lawmakers have mixed thoughts...

Student seeks voting rights

September 18, 2014

Robert Stewart hasn’t been able to vote since 2006, a right he lost because there’s a felony on his record. But for the past several years, the third-year sociology graduate student has been...

Metro lacks affordable housing

September 16, 2014

The Twin Cities metro and the University of Minnesota area need more housing — especially affordable units — to stave off a looming housing deficit, according to the Metropolitan Council’s...

Fire-year-old Harlee Sheid tries to get her mother Stevie, a University student, at the after school program Minneapolis Kids on Monday afternoon in Minneapolis. Minnesota Public Schools are now offering all day kindergarten, which lessens the cost of child care for many parents.

Despite new law, child care still costly

September 10, 2014

Christa Johnson spends all of her wages on childcare for her 5-year-old daughter. “I go to school full time and only work on the weekends, so literally my entire paycheck goes for paying for day...

UMPD Officer J. Printz observes pedestrians crossing Washington Avenue, assuring they abide by the walk signals. Following the recent fatality in Prospect Park, the University increases LRT accident prevention with help from Metro Transit Police.

Light rail safety efforts rev up

September 8, 2014

As crowds of students crossed the Green Line light rail for the first time last week, University of Minnesota and city officials upped safety measures to prevent accidents this year. Metro Transit and...

Kaler to take Ice Bucket Challenge

September 6, 2014

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Saturday during the Gophers game, according to a University press release. Multiple members of the University community...

Report calls for more public space along Green Line

September 4, 2014

The opening of the Green Line light rail has environmental advocates and others evaluating the University of Minnesota’s amount of green space. A report released last week says the University and...

Franken declines students’ call to debate on campus

September 3, 2014

A U.S. senator and candidate in November’s election refused an invitation last week to debate at the University of Minnesota despite a heavy push on social media, prompting student leaders to question...

Twin Cities suburb sued for religious discrimination

August 29, 2014

The federal government is prosecuting a Twin Cities suburb for allegedly nixing a proposed Islamic center based on religious reasons, news sources report. U.S. Attorney General Andrew Luger sued St. Anthony...